This photo of Alice Cooper, Keith Moon, Marc Bolan and Harry Nilsson in the studio was taken during the recording of Cooper's "Billion Dollar Babies". I especially like Harry Nilsson with the microphone in one hand and the glass in the other hand.
Harry Nilsson is one of the artists where I knew only his name and some small details, but that was pretty much it. Then I read an interview with Jason Schwartzman in a recent The Believer issue and Harry Nilsson was mentioned multiple times. To cite Jason Schwartzman in the interview: My experience from reading the interviews as a young teenager was that he (Kurt Cobain) was giving out lots of information, and he would mention a band, which was so important for me. And that’s what I think is so great about interviews, is when people cite inspirations. So I did exactly that: researching Harry Nilsson.
I started with Spotify, put on his music and started to read his Wikipedia entry – and then everything came together: Everybody’s Talkin’ from the great movie Midnight Cowboy, Best Friend which was the title track for the MTV show Rob & Big (a show a friend of mine loved to watch and eventually grew on me – mostly because it reminds me of this friend), Jump Into The Fire – also used in the movie Goodfellas – sounded to me like a song by LCD Soundsystem (and James Murphy covered it at one of his farewell concerts – I am pretty sure this is where I got the association from) and Coconut made me think about Jason Schwartzman’s band Coconut Records (where the circle closes again).